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House of Mercy hosts Labor Day cookout

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Volunteers were flipping burgers at the House of Mercy in Rochester to feed people who rely on the facility for shelter.

But this picnic wasn’t just for the homeless. People living in the surrounding neighborhood were invited to eat and socialize.

“If we didn’t do it for free, who would?” said Charles Earlsey, facility manager. “Especially people from the local neighborhood who don’t have a park or backyard to do a cookout. We are their park. We are their backyard. We are their salvation.”

Between 400 to 500 people were served at this cookout.

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